Mike Kennedy

Staff Writer,
American School & University

Mike Kennedy has written in AS&U since 1999.


Wheaton College student dies in track and field accident
Student volunteering at event was struck in the head during the hammer throw competition.
Preschool teacher in Texas accused of biting 4-year-old autistic student
The woman has resigned from the Abilene school district and faces a felony charge in connection with the incident.
3 schools in South San Antonio (Texas) district to close
Low enrollment and financial issues are blame for decision to close an elementary, a middle and an alternative school.
Reducing building engineer jobs raises safety concerns in Minneapolis district
District is cutting back engineers and assistant engineers to help close a $28 million shortfall.
Detroit district disputes state's claim that it will voluntarily close some schools
State has identified 38 struggling schools—16 in the Detroit district—that are candidates for closure.
New building for economics department at UMass Amherst is net-zero energy
The university dedicated the 16,800-square-foot Crotty Hall last month.
Loyola Marymount, Rhode Island School of Design are champions of recycling competition
Colleges and universities have competed in Recyclemania since 2001.
Plans approved for recovery high school in Houston area for students with substance-abuse issues
The Harris County Department of Education will operate the school, which will be open to students from all 25 districts in the county.
Girls boarding school in Troy, N.Y., discloses decades of sexual misconduct by teachers
Report from Emma Willard School describes inappropriate relationships between faculty members and students going back as far as the 1950s.
Detroit board chooses Duval County (Fla.) superintendent as its new leader
Nikolai Vitti is the choice to be the first permanent superintendent of the newly formed Detroit Public Schools Community District.
Long delayed school in Needles (Calif.) district won't be ready in August
The school was built in Big River in 2010, but because of complications providing water and electricity service, it has not been able to open.
Maine governor wants to slash the number of school districts in the state
Reducing the number of school systems would save on administrative costs, Gov. LePage asserts.
Superintendent of Baltimore County (Md.) district resigns
Dallas Dance, who led the 112,000-student district for five years, did not disclose a reason for leaving.
Campus police officers at University of Texas at Austin get body cameras
University believes the cameras will help build trust with people on campus.
Ohio University ready to begin construction of academic center for athletes
The Sook Academic Center will have will have study and meeting spaces for student-athletes.